MCBC Indigenous Relations – Brander McDonald
As a Cree First Nations believer in Jesus I am delighted to be given this opportunity to join with MCBC in relating the First Nations Cultural mindset and of what it means to carry the Jesus Walk. MCBC has had the extraordinary courage and vision to embrace an Indigenous person to relate the First Nations protocols and bridge building leadership to its members.
“This is truly an exciting time!” Brander speaks of his two passions, “One, the passion I hold is speaking into the question of what it means to be a First Nations cultural person and to be fully engaged as a lifelong follower of Jesus. Not the Jesus of residential schools of the past, not of government policy, but the Saviour represented in the gospels and even of Anabaptist traditions. I have a passion to share what it means to carry this cross-cultural heart for the healing of my native peoples and the church community to which I grew up in. The second passion associated with this is in regards to being a singer/songwriter who can share these same stories and lessons through song and speech.
Anglican Diocese Indigenous Relations Video
This video is about residential school history from the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster’s perspective. It also features Brander McDonald’s, MCBC Indigenous Relations Coordinator, statements on what churches can do in regards to continuing the work of reconciliation, healing, and justice. Besides his statements, the video also uses one of Brander’s songs.
Recent Indigenous Relations Articles
June 2017 saw both Mennonite Church of BC and some local members and staff from the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster collectively involved in a Cultural Bus tour hosted by Sto:lo Nation Cultural Historian and Elder Sonny McHalsie. We wish to thank Justine Chang for...
As has been reported to our congregations Brander McDonald, MCBC’s Indigenous Relations Coordinator (IRC) has had serious health issues since early July 2016 and has been unable to work since that time. His health has been getting increasingly better and his doctor...
Dear MCBC friends, Although this looks like only an Anglican article i have to say this whole booklet and topic was spearheaded by our Mennonite Church of Canada National Indigenous Relations Coordinator Steve Heinrichs, "Wrongs to Rights- How churches can engage the...
Dear friends, Last year i contracted and fought a near fatal diagnosis of the C-Difficile bacteria late June 2016. It became unmanageable during that week and when i came home to the mainland it was almost fatal. I was hurried to the hospital a quarinteened and...
The Service, Peace & Justice Committee (SP&J) would like to highlight a few resources around the Doctrine of Discovery: Steve Heinrich’s “Yours, Mine, Ours“, and a video from MC USA, “The Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ.” To view Steve Heinrich’s...
Objectives for the Indigenous Relations Coordinator
- Encourage healthy churches by equipping them to bridge barriers of understanding and acceptance in their own communities – to be ambassadors of the ministry of reconciliation. (II Corinthians 5.18,19 and Ephesians 2:11-22)
- Challenge and inspire MCBC congregations and individuals to develop meaningful relationships with Indigenous people.
- Identify relevant peace and justice activities and invite congregations to be involved in them.
- Develop resources for MCBC pastors and congregations that can be used to cultivate a healthy interaction with people of other cultures, starting with indigenous people.
- Exemplify the Gospel of Jesus Christ in “word and deed” as understood by the MCBC confession of faith.
- Model Christian unity by learning from and encouraging Christians of other cultures, especially in the Indigenous community.
Indigenous Relations Links
- Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations
- Mennonites & The Truth & Reconciliation Commission
- Nation to Nation: Honouring the Royal Proclamation of 1763
- Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice and Life Together
- Yummo Comes Home
- Idle No More: Settler Solidarity
- Church Matters: Getting Cow in the Circle
- Church Matters: Unpacking Native Stereotypes
- Truth & Reconciliation Commission
- Reconciliation Canada
- Legacy of Hope Foundation
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society
- Mennonite Central Committee Myth Perceptions
- Idle No More
- Indigenous Ministry Events: Local